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Razor

From dark matter detectors and quantum computers to Mars rovers and radical climate change solutions, Razor talks to the world’s leading scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and startup entrepreneurs to find out how they're working to build a better future for us all.

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  • Exercise & Alzheimer's: new study suggests fitness reduces risk

    A new study has found that being physically fit lowers your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

    Emma Keeling finds out more from Professor Edward Zamrini at The George Washington University who has studied the link between cardiovascular fitness and Alzheimer's in over 650,000 people who had...

  • How room-temperature conductors could revolutionize electronics ⚡ #RAZOR

    For decades, researchers have pursued an elusive goal with truly world-changing potential - room-temperature superconductors.

    When an electric current flows through a regular conductor like copper, there is still some resistance, which means energy is lost through heat. With superconductors, the...

  • Could antivirals be the key to fighting Covid? - #RAZOR

    🧪 One scientist has described it as the missing piece of the puzzle in the fight against COVID19. Antivirals are now starting to be approved to help reduce the risk of people becoming seriously ill.

    But what are the side effects and what impact will they have in the real world?

    Emma Keeling ...

  • #RAZOR: An atomic clock to redefine the concept of time

    How long is a second? It’s a question most of us have never even really considered.

    But one that has captivated physicists for centuries not least because the most accurate answer to that question promises to reveal the deepest truths about the make-up of our universe.

    Jun Ye is a Chinese-Ame...

  • The mini lab hearts that could revolutionise how we treat cardiac issues

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says that in 2019 an estimated 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular diseases - a figure that amounts to 32% of all deWorld Health Organisation says that in 2019 an estimated 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular diseases - a figure that amounts t...

  • MINI LAB HEARTS AND BIRD MAGIC - #RAZOR

    Neil Cairns meets a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge who are studying crow and related birds to help understand the power of perception in animals, their expectations and their ability to anticipate the future.

    Dr Nicola Clayton and her team are employing the use of magic with ...

  • Can birds understand magic? - #RAZOR

    🐦 Neil Cairns meets a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge who are studying crows and related birds to help understand the power of perception in animals, their ability to read minds and to anticipate the future.

    To do this, Dr Nicola Clayton and her team are employing the use of m...

  • Antivirals, atomic clocks and semi-conductors #RAZOR

    One scientist has described it as the missing piece of the puzzle in the fight against COVID-19. Antivirals are now starting to be approved to help reduce the risk of people becoming seriously ill. But what are the side effects and what impact will they have in the real world? Emma Keeling spok...

  • Scientists are genetically modifying mosquitoes to eradicate Malaria 🦟

    There are approximately 228 million cases of Malaria every year, causing around 405,000 deaths. With over 3,500 species of mosquitoes worldwide and 40 that can carry Malaria, scientists realize a more radical solution is needed to tackle the disease.

    At London's Imperial College, scientists have...

  • Eco-solutions special - #RAZOR

    After a disappointing effort at COP26, it would be easy to get despondent about our lack of a coordinated global response to the coming climate emergency. But worry not because as ever, RAZOR is here to provide hope via scientific solutions. In this World Action Special, Neil Cairns and Emma Keel...

  • Eco-solutions special #RAZOR

    After a disappointing effort at COP26, it would be easy to get despondent about our lack of a coordinated global response to the coming climate emergency. But worry not because as ever, RAZOR is here to provide hope via scientific solutions. In this World Action Special, Neil Cairns and Emma Keel...

  • Stem Cell Eye Treatment #RAZOR

    Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is an eye condition that affects millions of people around the world. In the UK, it is the biggest cause of sight loss. 👀

    At King's College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital, scientists are developing a new treatment that could help people to see again b...

  • The plastic roads built using a million unwanted plastic bags per mile - #RAZOR

    🛣️ Plastics that can't be recycled are being turned into roads.
    #RAZOR took a drive along one and found out more about the initiative 👇

    https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-11-27/The-plastic-roads-built-using-a-million-unwanted-plastic-bags-per-mile-15qwT0P8gKI/index.html

    For more:
    https://www....

  • Mission to Mars #RAZOR

    #RAZOR takes a look at the next big target in the global space race: Venus. It's our closest neighbour and the brightest body in the night sky after the moon. It follows a similar orbit to Earth and is often referred to as earth’s twin or sister. Both are similar in size, mass, density, and volum...

  • Free the bees and mission to Venus: #RAZOR full episode

    Of the UK's 270 bee species, 126 are now listed as scarce with 17 at risk of extinction. Much of this is due to habitat loss. B-lines is a nationwide initiative, bringing together a myriad of conservation and volunteering groups to create an interconnected system of wildflower insect pathways acr...

  • How does COVID-19 replicate itself? #Razor

    At this stage of the pandemic, we all know that for SARS-CoV-2 to replicate, it needs us. In fact, like all viruses, it hijacks a key part of our cells - known as ribosomes - to make the proteins needed to copy itself. Neil Cairns talks to Professor Nenad Ban and his team from Swiss Federal Insti...

  • How can we feed the world without the use of nasty pesticides? #Razor

    How can we feed the world without the use of nasty pesticides? One company think they have the answer and bees are going to help them do it.

    The company BeeVT or Bee vectoring technology have developed a natural fungicide to treat certain crops. And instead of spreading it with fossil fuel ru...

  • Bee vectoring and COVID reproduction #RAZOR

    How can we feed the world without the use of nasty pesticides? One company think they have the answer and bees are going to help them do it. BeeVT or Bee vectoring technology have developed a natural fungicide to treat certain crops. And instead of spreading it with fossil fuel run machines they...

  • Battery recycling #RAZOR

    In the UK, transport accounts for a third of emissions. Electric vehicles are seen a key to reducing this figure with the EU setting a target of 30 million electric vehicles by 2030. But the efficient recycling of lithium batteries is yet to be perfected. 🚗

    Emma Keeling meets Dan Reed who heads...

  • Inhaled vaccines: final step to stopping COVID-19? #RAZOR

    Scientists around the world are constantly looking for new methods to keep up and respond to a rapidly changing novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccines have been a huge success, but their global roll out has been slow and not equitable.

    To combat this, CanSino Biologics in China have developed an inha...

  • China space age: A new age of exploration #RAZOR

    From landing on the far side of the moon and building Mars probes to setting up science experiments on the newest space station, it's undeniable that China is already a major player in this era of space exploration. Emma Keeling talks to a range of experts to find out more. 🌕 🪐 🚀

    Watch #RAZOR o...

  • Using a plant's natural defences against viruses - #RAZOR

    There are at least 1,000 different kinds of plant viruses that exist in nature. They can wipe out large areas of farmland and pose a huge threat to agriculture. Yang Zhao has met the scientists in Beijing who are using the natural defence mechanisms of plants as a means of virus control.

    Read m...

  • BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC: Solution for our plastic waste problem? - #RAZOR

    Since the 1950s, the mass production of plastic has led to billions of tons of waste every year. Almost a third of all plastic ends up in natural environments, where it remains for hundreds of years. Razor meets the team behind Polymateria, a start up that's hoping to tackle this very urgent prob...

  • Measuring ocean currents #RAZOR

    Massive ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, move heat from one part of the planet to the other. This process, in part, helps to give Western Europe its mild winter climate. 🌍

    But climate change is already having a visible effect on the world's temperatures and scientists are starting to bu...